The Power of Words

Scholarship Entrant: Lillian from Mayfield, Kentucky
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
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A word can change everything. The word “fire” can start a war. “No” can break relationships. “Love” can rend others speechless with emotion. It’s amazing to think we can impact others with just a word! If I could live out my dream job, I would want to travel the world spreading love through words. I know it sounds cliche, but I envision myself hugging children in Africa and telling them they are very loved and special. I think about North Korean women and the struggle they have with abuse… I want to listen to their trials and tell them they aren’t alone. I long to talk to people all over who have lost a loved one and comfort them. Compassionate people in my own life have changed the way I look at things by encouraging me and lifting me up. I feel almost as if it is my duty to repay this kindness to others. My steps to get there are simple: start small, start now. I realize there are hurting people all around me that I can impact and I am taking measures now to make a difference. I talk to people on busses, in my classes, on the street, and in restaurants. I know I can change the world. Just a kind word to a stranger has the power to uplift and restore a soul.

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